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Vannes Office de tourisme
1 rue Thiers56000

Tel:+33 (0)2 97 47 24 34
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Vannes acts as a gateway to the islands of the Golfe du Morbihan.  It is a delightfully attractive town with a well preserved medieval centre, lively student population and small yacht-filled harbour. 

Vannes' colourful past has left it teeming with art and history.  It was once the capital of the Veneti, a Gallic seafaring tribe who built a wall to protect it which can still be seen today.  The Veneti were defeated by the Romans who then established it further as a political and economic stronghold.  The city retained its dominance until 1532 when Rennes became the Breton capital. 

One has the impression that the inhabitants of Vannes are keen to preserve its riches.  There are a variety of original parks and gardens earning Vannes numerous awards from various national flower institutions. 

The beaches off the coast aren't bad either especially around Quiberon and Brittany's largest island, Belle-Ile-en-Mer which offers rugged cliffs, stunning rock formations and sheltered inland valleys. 

The Gulfe du Morbihan is also a paradise for seafood & fish lovers with the local economy supported mainly by oyster production.  Tourism is the other mainstay with the nearby prehistoric sites of Carnac and Gavrinis proving ever popular.

What to See - Vannes Attractions

Musee de Pont-Aven, Pont Aven, SW of Vannes
Pl de L'Hotel de Ville, Pont-Aven
the village of painters, made famous by Gaugin
| Admission charge | Opening Times: All year round | Tel: +33 (0)2 98 06 04 70

Musee de Prehistoire
10 place de la Chapelle, Carnac Ville 56340
understanding megaliths and prehistoric Brittany
| Admission charge | Opening Times: May-Oct:daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 97 52 22 04

Archeoscope
Opp Alignements de Menoc, Carnac 56340
travel back in time to Neolithic times
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep:daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 97 52 07 49

Table des Marchands & Grand Menhir Brise in Carnac
Nr Locmariaquer, SW of Vannes 56340
one of the most impressive megalithic sites in the world
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep:daily;Oct-Mar:pms only

Great Beaches on Belle Ile
Belle Ile, South of Quiberon 56360
try out Port de Donnant for surfing or Port Kerel which is safe for children
| Opening Times: All year round

Boat trips
Navix, Gare Maritime, Vannes 56000
to the the Golfe du Morbihan and her islands
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)2 97 46 60 00

Fetes D'Arvor
56000
a festival to honour Breton customs & traditions including concerts & parades
| Opening Times: Mid August

Jazz Festival
56000
a four day Jazz festival of international renown
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Early August

Cathedrale St Pierre
Place St-Pierre, 56000
13th century cathedral remodelled and restored to present glory

Musee de la Cohue
15 place St-Pierre, 56000
14th century building that houses 19th century paintings & sculptures
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mid Jun-Sept:daily; Oct-mid Jun:Mon, Wed-Sat | Tel: +33 (0)2 97 47 35 86

Musee d'Archeologie du Morbihan
Château Gaillard, 2 rue de Noe 56000
treasures from Morbihan's prehistoric past - art, pottery, jewellery
| Admission charge | Opening Times: daily; Oct-mid Jun:pms only | Tel: +33 (0)2 97 47 35 86